Thursday, May 5, 2011

A Tiny Grain of Dust still in progress....

Hi Everyone...just a bit late with this post and still, I'm giving you the piece in an unfinished least the text is there.  This little work came about through an attempt at following, what turned out to be, kind of complicated instructions (at least for a person so heavily 2-D oriented as I am!) for making an origami folded house from 21 pieces of  2 1/2" x 4" cut text pages.  Everything was going along fine...I got all the little pages cut, I folded the first bunch according to directions, but when it came to putting it together and inserting this flap into that flap, while holding it just so, in a feeble attempt to keep the whole thing from falling apart....well, I stuck it out as long as I could.  I pretty much had something resembling a house, but it kept falling apart and I think I had extra pieces left, which probably explains why it was falling apart.  I realized that my idea of building this little house as the basis for a found text piece was just not going to work, so then I started putting together some of the folded pages in a way that gave me a 2-d house structure and that works just it's a tiny little altarpiece. I've painted out the original words and added my new found text, which I believe you can read easily enough.  More will added...stamping, perhaps some sewing, who knows?!?!?

Here's the other thing I've come to's now time to merge my two blogs.  This blog was started nearly a year and half ago as a daily posting of found text poems, but as some of the early followers will understand, it's been evolving and morphing since its one year anniversary back in January.  My other blog, MissouriBendStudio, is involved more with my creative practice, inspirations and new work.  Since the found text pieces have ceased to be cut words and phrases laid out on the desk and photographed and each is now an integral part of my creative practice and its own work of art, I think there is no longer a need to keep these two bodies of work separate.  Before they were two important, but different, threads in my work, but now it's all one. So, if there are no huge outcries, this will be the last post on this blog and I'll ask those of you who don't already follow it, to head over to MissouriBendStudio to become a follower, so you can continue to see the found text pieces and any guest posts. The bonus, I hope, is that there will be other posts that give you a fuller picture of what happens with my work.  This little altarpiece will appear there, perhaps tomorrow, in its finished state!

I'm so thankful for the support of all the readers and followers of this blog...MissouriBendPaperWorks opened the door for a new chapter in my life as I transitioned into having an online shop on Etsy and making very meaningful connections across the globe through the blog world.  I hope that, if you're not already, you'll become a follower of my other blog...see you there tomorrow!!


Sunday, May 1, 2011

Den Finocchiaro and A Flash of Inspiration

Not too long ago, I stumbled upon a pretty magical place in my search through Etsy...a shop belonging to the writer, Den Finocchiaro, whose poignant text typed directly on vintage photographs drew me in to take a closer look.  While this blog has its roots in found text, I'm really interested in creative use of text and this is a wonderful use of text on found photos.  I asked Den if I could post some of his pieces here to highlight his work and his shop.  Here's just a sample of a few pieces from his shop, A Flash of Inspiration.  I enourage you to visit his shop, as well as his blog and facebook page.  Den has just published a new book, The Z Word,which is available through Amazon here.

Enjoy!  See you on Wednesday for the latest from Missouri Bend Studio!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

The Scroll of Pertinent Questions

This week's found text piece is another scroll on Japanese paper...the outside is a patterned lace paper and the inside has various questions taken from a number of "vintage" books in my studio embedded in teabag paper.  I've been collecting these questions as I come across them...some are quite hilarious and when put together create quite a scroll of very important questions...I'm sure we've all asked them...see what you think!  The text reads as follows:

Odd looking, isn't it?

Do you admire the view?

How--how long have I been this way?

Do you know its nature?

Have you been asleep all these years?

What harm could there be?

What is behind that door?

Naturally--but how will you accomplish it?

Can I make it an object to you to alter your mind?

Wouldn't it be fun if you could have a nice, gentle ostrich to ride?

Have you the pluck to follow me right now?

Have you lost your senses?

Chocolates? What chocolates?

Tell me, where have you been?

You are fixed with wireless?

Couldn't we just go back to town and celebrate properly?

I'll finish this scroll up with a closure in the morning and list it in my Etsy to have you stop by Missouri Bend Studio to view all the found text pieces listed there!


Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Still Untitled....A Found Text Set of Instructions for Life

This found text came from a children's book from the 1950's, I believe, that is filled with short stories and plays meant to be acted out.  I found a series of commands that, when strung together, give a pretty good set of instructions for life....if taken with a grain of sand!!!  See what you think!  The found text is arranged on a 2-inch wide Japanese paper scroll adhered with teabags, still untitled and not quite finished.  Should be ready to go and available in my etsy shop tomorrow.  The entire text reads:

watch your thoughts.

write your name a thousand times.

wait there for instructions.

turn the bowl upside down.

stop rubbing your eyes.

get a box of creamy chocolates.

choose the best title.

mark your own script legibly and never trust to your memory for     anything.

rehearse until there is little chance of a mistake.

whittle, whittle, whittle.

don't cry.

up to full and fade for finish.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Found Poetry Scroll no.1

I'm experimenting with yet another method for presenting the found text poems as objects and will finish this little scroll up properly and have it for sale in my shop in the next day or so.  It's made with cut words sandwiched with bits of teabag on a 2" wide length of Japanese paper adhered with teabags.  The poem came from a children's book from many decades ago that is filled with a variety of stories that include multiple choice vocabulary reviews throughout.  I selected the words from one of these creates quite the whimsical poem!  Enjoy!

To investigate is to 
run frantically
saunter     backward    forward
scamper    walk     run
To wallow means
to wail.
Calico is a kind of